July 2019
Join us for our annual July Garden Tours!
Hydrangea Festival 2019
Three Glorious Garden Tours
Sponsored by Sturgis Library

Dates: Saturday, July 13, 2019 and Monday, July 15, 2019
Times: 10 AM – 4 PM

Tickets are $5 per garden. You may purchase tickets in advance at the Library or at the gardens on the days of the tours. When you purchase your tickets you will get a brochure with parking directions. The gardens will be open both days, so you may visit them on either day.

For complete garden descriptions and parking directions, please see our web page:

For questions about the garden tours, call the Library at 508-362-6636 or email sturgislibrary@comcast.net.
Vonnegut Reading Marathon and Celebration coming in August!
Sturgis Library is planning a very special series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the writing of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
The celebration will be held on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in conjunction with other Barnstable Village organizations . Please mark your calendars now!

The centerpiece of the celebration will be an 8-hour marathon reading of Slaughterhouse-Five as well as several of Vonnegut's shorter pieces, to be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am to 5 pm. Readers will sign up to read for 10 or 15 minutes each throughout the day. Following the marathon there will be a cocktail party, and a chance to mix and mingle with your fellow readers. We are inviting some special readers to participate, including members of the Vonnegut family, friends of colleagues of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut scholars, and others. But the main purpose of the event is to invite the community to be a part of this exciting marathon and celebration.

If you are interested in being a reader, please contact Adult Services Librarian Corey Farrenkopf at sturgisreference@comcast.net or 508-362-6636. You can also sign up to be a reader here:

To see a list of all activities, visit our Vonnegut Readng Marathon and Celebration webpage here: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/vonnegut-reading-marathon-and-celebration-2019/

Events Help Wanted!
Are you looking for a chance to get involved with Sturgis Library? We are looking for people who are interested in working with us on our numerous events as a member of our volunteer Events Committee. The Committee, with leadership from the staff and Board, helps to plan and implement fun and engaging events throughout the year. No special skills are required -- just an interest in working with a great team and helping raise money for Sturgis Library in a fun way! If interested please contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-6636 or sturgislibrary@comcast.net. Thanks!
Are you computer savvy? We need your help!

Are you computer savvy? Are you interested in volunteering your time to assist us with keeping our public computers running smoothly? We're looking for someone who could give us a few hours a month to ensure that our public computers are humming along! If you are interested please contact Karen Horn at 508-362-6636 or khorn@clamsnet.org.
Help us reach our fundraising goal for the stone wall!
Many many thanks to those of you who have donated to our stone wall project! We have raised just over $15,000 of the $28,000 goal, but we need your help to raise the rest! Please give to this important project. Here are the details:

Sturgis Library is embarking on a project to build a stone retaining wall on the east side of our building where an existing historic stone wall ends. The embankment is eroding and poses a threat to the Library. With your assistance we can get this project completed! Our fundraising goal is $28,000.
Please help by sponsoring a stone in the wall. Stone sponsorships are available at levels to fit all budgets. Give now, so that we can get the project finished by fall!
If you have questions about the project, contact Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-8448.

To sponsor a stone, click the button below.
Queer Visual Representations & the Male Gaze with Bruce Childs
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Popular culture has in recent decades represented gay and lesbian lifestyle on television, in movies, and in print media. “Queer visual representations” will survey the phenomenon of the male gaze in art of the western world. Paintings, graphics, and photography precede modern narratives and interpretations of queer American culture, often neglected and misunderstood by those looking in from outside the Queer Perspective. This art history lecture is presented in conjunction with Mr. Childs’ display in the library's gallery space.

This program is free to the public. Registration is appreciated. 

Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

A prominent nineteenth-century preacher branded summer reading as “literary poison in August.” Today, though, the practice is celebrated as lists like O magazine’s “Best Summer Reads” take center stage. Based on the new book, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (February 2019), this talk explores the birth of the “beach read” and the practice of summer reading in the nineteenth century, tracing the ways in which readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence, but as a respectable pastime especially for the woman reader.

Donna Harrington-Lueker , English professor at Salve Regina University, will be giving this talk.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-summer-reading/
Landscapes for Life: Native Plants and the Nature Connection in Our Gardens  
Tuesday July 16th, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Did you know your landscape plays an important role in the health of Cape Cod? How we choose to manage our own piece of the Cape makes a difference. Learn why and get some helpful tips on how you can be a better steward of your corner of the world. Presented by Kristin Andres, Director of Education and Outreach at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/on-native-plants-with-apcc/
Meet the Author: Joyce Prince
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 From 10:30 Am to 12:30 PM

Join us for a book signing/sale with local author Joyce Prince! She will be signing/selling her latest book, Mary Chilton Winslow: Survivor of the Mayflower, as well as several of her other books. This event is part of our Saturday Meet the Author series. Free to the public. Stop by to talk books and writing and get your copy personalized!
An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni
Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 @6:30PM

Join us for a poetry reading and Q and A with award winning poets Chen Chen and John Bonanni. A book sale and signing will accompany the event.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/poetry-reading-with-john-bonanni-and-special-guests/
The Lost Secrets of Roanoke with Andrew Lawler
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 @ 3:30PM

How did the colony disappear? Why has the colony‘s fate been seen as a mystery? What likely happened to the colonists? These and many more questions will be  addressed by Andrew Lawler, author of the new book, “The Secret Token: Myth,  Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke.” Books will be available for purchase from Titcombs Books. A Q&A + Book signing will follow the discussion.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-search-for-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-with-andrew-lawler/
Meet the Author: Deborah Ann Davis
Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Join us for a book signing/sale with local author Deborah Ann Davis! She will be signing/selling her latest book, How to Keep Your Daughter from Slamming the Door. This event is part of our Saturday Meet the Author series. Free to the public. Stop by to talk books and writing and get your copy personalized!
The Accidental Memoirist; Why I Went to Hungary to Research a Relative I Never Knew
Thursday, August 8th, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Acclaimed Memoirist Margaret McMullen will be speaking on the process of writing her recent book “Where the Angels Lived,” discussing the art of nonfiction, how she researched her subject, and other general writing tips. She will also read from her latest work. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Author website: http://margaretmcmullan.com/

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-accidental-memoirist-why-i-went-to-hungary-to-research-a-relative-i-never-knew/
Bronx Jazz: Oral Traditions, Transformations, and Hip Hop
Tuesday,August 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Whether it's storytelling, poetry, rap, scatting or singing, it's of the oral tradition. Stemming from a long line of Mashpee Wampanoag and Caribbean storytellers and oral historians, ZYG 808 and his father, Mwalim bring that tradition into their artistic work as songwriters, playwrights, authors, and poets. Join us for an evening of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Folklore with "Bronx Jazz".

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/words-between-father-and-son-a-celebration-of-poetry-storytelling-jazz-and-hip-hop/
The Mooncusser's Tale: a Story of Piracy and Family with Lee Roscoe
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

What were mooncussers? How did they effect the maritime history of Cape Cod? In this pot-pourri talk, uncover a little of our local history and how a legend became an award-winning radio play.  The Mooncusser’s Tale , a haunting story of piracy and family conflict in 19th century Wellfleet, was a originally broadcast on WOMR-FM. A Selection from the radioplay will be read during the program by one of the actors. This talk will also be accompanied by slides of places which inspired the The Mooncusser’s Tale . The author, Lee Roscoe, will be available for a Q&A after the event.
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-mooncussers-with-lee-roscoe/
Reusing and Recycling with Green Road Refill
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

Jess Georges, the founder of Green Road Refill, will be speaking about simple ways we can steer ourselves in the direction of reducing our plastic footprint. The current plastic problem is daunting - from the great pacific garbage patch to current day recycling challenges. This one hour talk will focus on shifting our consciousness into a hopeful one - and propelling that hope into taking action! Jess believes that small individual steps toward a greener life can make a big difference in the health of our planet. Please join us!

The Green Road Refill bus, Bettie, will be on site throughout the day, selling all sorts of sustainable household items and teaching about their refill mission! 10% of purchases go to supporting the library!

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/reuse-recycle-with-green-road-refill/
Tech Help Thursdays
Tech help is available every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30PM.

Bring in your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or eReader for basic help with their operations.

Appointments are made in twenty minute blocks. Email Corey at sturgisreference@comcast.net to reserve a space.

This time is meant to answer basic questions about these devices and how to use the Overdrive app to access and download eBooks, audio books, and eMagazines. Unfortunately we cannot assist with more in-depth issues such as virus remediation or account recovery.
Upcoming Exhibits and Displays
The Barnstable Historical Society will be presenting an interesting subject for July in the Library’s lobby display case: Metal Detecting, an important tool in finding artifacts buried over time. Cape Cod Metal Detecting enthusiast Ken Camelleis has been carefully scouring Cape Cod yards and open spaces for treasures of the past. One of his favorite sites was the grounds of Barnstable resident Dr. Walter Kaess. Come see what he found!

Small works by Jean Smith will be on display in the Simpkins Room during July.

The Library will be featuring a collections of items related to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in our lobby during the month of July, leading up to the Vonnegut Reading Marathon and Celebration the first weekend in August.

Do you have artwork, photography, sculpture, crafts, a collection, or other interesting items to exhibit? Contact Corey Farrenkopf at 508-362-6636 or email him at sturgislibrary@comcast.net

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of exhibited art, photography, and crafts benefits the Sturgis Library. Proceeds are used to enhance library services and programs. 
Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 11:00 AM

Sturgis Library offers Drop-In Preschool Story time on Thursday mornings year round!
Enjoy stories, music and movement with Miss Megan. Program is designed for children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregiver, but siblings are always welcome. 


The summer free lunch program will run from Thursday July 11th - Thursday August 15th and immediately follows Storytime on the back lawn. Free to children 18 and under. First come, first served.
Wednesday, June 5th 2019 from 4:00-5:00 PM

The Sturgis Library LEGO Club meets the first Wednesday of every month. Come enjoy our MASSIVE collection of LEGOs and create a masterpiece or just play with new friends.

Kids may choose to exhibit what they have created for the remainder of the month so Library visitors can oooooh and ahhhhhh at their engineering brilliance!

Free. Drop-in. Ages 5+
Free Healthy Afternoon Snack
Wednesdays beginning June 26th, 2019 from 3-4 PM

Free healthy snacks will be available every Wednesday afternoon from June 26th through August 21st. First come , first served (18 and under).
Sponsored by YMCA Cape Cod.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Thursday June 27th, 2019 at 11:00 AM
* At Centerville Public Library *

Join us for the Barnstable Libraries' Summer Kick-off Event featuring Trevor The Juggler followed by a Four Seas ice cream social on the patio. FREE, all ages event.

Centerville Public Library is located at 585 Main Street in Centerville. Arrive early for parking. No registration required.
Take Me To Your Reader!!!

Sign up for the Sturgis Library Summer Reading Program beginning July 1st, 2019 and earn awesome rewards from local business sponsors for every 5 hours of reading. Need help finding the perfect book? Ask Miss Megan!
Toe Jam "Fireside" Jamboree
Tuesday, July 2nd 2019 at 7:00 PM

Sister Libraries, Sturgis and Whelden, team up to bring you this super fun family event. Come in your PJs for a campfire singalong. We'll "roast" marshmallows, sing, dance and be merry! (fire and roasting will be pretend)

Free all ages event. Drop in.
New and Improved Digital Newspaper Archive
Sturgis Library, working together with the Dennis and Yarmouth libraries, has just competed the expansion of our digital newspaper archive.

The digital newspaper archive now includes both the Barnstable Patriot AND the Register newspapers and expanded coverage! The archive includes issues of the Patriot from 1830 to 2017 , and issues of the Register from 1836 to 2017.

The two papers included news of the entire Cape Cod and the Islands in the early years, with 20th century emphasis on the towns of Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth. Users can access nearly 200 years of national and local news and events.

This archive allows researchers to search and view issues of the newspaper online using keyword searching. Articles can be saved, printed, emailed, or shared on social media.

Our thanks go out to the Community Preservation Committees of the towns of Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth for funding this very worthwhile project.
Additional Sturgis Library Information
The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Regular Library hours are:
Monday                                     10 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday                               1 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday                               10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday, & Friday                  10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday                               10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday & major holidays    CLOSED

Trustees and Staff FY2020

Greg Williams, President, Board of Trustees
John Littlefield, Vice President

Lucy Loomis, Library Director
Karen Horn, Assistant Director/Circulation Services

For a complete list of staff and Board members, click here.
Do you have questions about the Sturgis Library? Contact us:

Phone & Fax:
Phone: 508-362-6636
Fax: 508-362-5467